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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jun 30, 2012 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: anyone ever sneak in

Again going down memory lane w/ the Dead here I remember a few times when cash was tight but wanted to see them and other bands and I had a nack of doing the sneak-in way back in my east coast days.1st one was The Anderson Theater were the line up was Pearls Before Swine,Country Joe and the Fish,and the Electric Flag as headliners. Next was a show at the Fillmore East I think it was Procal Harum and got in and was one of the top 10 show of shows.Then was Hunter College for Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine. Coming west me and a buddy snuck into the bowlels of Kaiser Aud.to see Peter Tosh wound up near backstage were we met up w/ Ronnie Wood who would later jam w/ them.The final time was for the Dead Warfield run and again a friend and I scaled a chain link fence at the side ally,cleared the barbed wire and got into an unattended fire door and stayed the whole show.If ever I caught I would have endured the wrath of Bill Graham which would not have been a pleasant thing at all.One other point I was clearly under the influence of Ludes which I used to call courage pills for things that I would never ever do straight.Proud no, happy I got in of course....

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Poster: BVD Date: Jun 30, 2012 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone ever sneak in

The wrath og Bill G. was not very pleasant. He bodily removed from The Felt Forum when G.D. played there December 71. I was freakin' out pretty bad in the lobby when Bill's mole kind of took a life on it's own. I remember screaming at him telling him to tell the mole to stop growing. I went to grab him and that was it. I was outta there. I met a buddy outside and he had some hash and talked me back to a fairly sane space. At break we just walked right back in. There was nobody there to take tix!! so, I kind of snuck back in. On the way out Graham was at the exit and I waved and said "Night Billy!!" He looked at me and said " You! You fuckin' asshole howdja..."I split toot sweet! The next night I had a ticket and sure enough B.G. was there taking tix. He looked at me and seemed pretty pissed to see me. Then his face broke into a smile and he said, "Are you gonna behave yourself tonite and not turn into an asshole? I assured him I would be okay and in I went. Years later at Cal-Expo (early 90s) he was driving around the parking lot in a golf cart.I said hello to him and he nodded and it seemed he was looking at me kind of weird. I was going to ask him about the incident that happened 20 yrs prior to this show, Then I realized it was silly of me to think he might have remembered that after seeing thousands of different faces over the years. I always liked the fact that after years of promoting and working his ass off he was still at it checking out the lot to makes sure evrything was going smoothly when he easily could have had someone else do it.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 2, 2012 9:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone ever sneak in

I saw Bill a few times on that ATV riding around the parking lot. Always with a pissy look on his face. The first time I gave him a nod to say hello. Didn't even acknowledge it. After that I just ignored the guy. I figure let him be miserable. Granted he probably had some hings to be miserable about at those shows but the guy just never looked happy.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 30, 2012 9:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone ever sneak in

LOL! What a story! Never saw the infamous BG in person. Had an uncle who was yelled at by Patton; he hadn't launched a preemptive strike on his mole, though.

I couldn't imagine sneaking into a show (or hassling with BG). I've gotten to the front when my ticket wasn't for the front, but no dramatic or funny stories, I'm afraid.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jun 30, 2012 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone ever sneak in

This great stuff. I did meet b.g. on a few occassions as I had an in w/ Ten Years After, Joe Cocker,and few other bands because I knew there manager Dee Anthony and was in the Fillmores' upstairs dressing rooms many times and I remeber hassling Jeff Beckk right before he was to go on asking why are his pick/up covers off his Les Paul and told me it was for better seperation and looked cooler, then promtly got the cue to go on stage.

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Poster: utopian Date: Jun 30, 2012 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone ever sneak in... Kind of

I had mail order for buffalo 7-16-90.
http://archive.org/details/gd1990-07-16.sbd.miller.95782.sbeok.flac16

The tickets were lost at my house, disappeared, gone. I went to the show anyway and was outside the gate listening when the security guards opened a large section of the gate and walked away. It was a hot show heard it all clearly and I saw a good bit of the second set.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Jul 3, 2012 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone ever sneak in

I bought a ticket to see Dylan and Tom Petty ('86?) at Alpine Valley, but my friend, who I was to meet, ended up stuck it traffic with my ticket. I wondered around outside the gates for the first couple of songs, then decided I had nothing to lose. I jumped the wall. When I landed on the inside a kind deadhead told me not to run (the Dead where playing the next night and heads where already camping). A security guard looked our way, but did nothing. I shared some of the tequila I had with the deadhead, and later got very close to the stage (being alone).

I went to see Bob, but it was Petty who really impressed me.